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Michael Neff

„Michael Neff setzt mit seiner Gruppe auf entspannte und entspannende Töne. Das hält er auch durch, wenn es mal ein wenig lauter wird. Seine Trompete und sein Flügelhorn klingen dabei so schön, lyrisch und leicht, dass sich die Frage aufdrängt: darf Jazz schön klingen? Er darf. Vor allem dann, wenn Michael Neff's Ruhepole so viel weiter tragen, als mancher rohe musikalische Kraftakt.“ (Franz X.A. Zipperer) Geboren im Jahr 1975, aufgewachsen auf einem Bauernhof im Appenzellerland, begeisterte er sich schon früh für Musik und spielt seit seiner Jugendzeit Trompete (mit Adrian Eugster als inspirierendem Lehrer) - zuerst in einer Brassband und in einer groovigen Funkband zusammen mit Schulkollegen. Den Jazz entdeckte er an der Jazzschule St

HELY

Hely are a piano and drums duo, based in Zürich, Switzerland, consisting of Lucca Fries (piano) and Jonas Ruther (drums). The music they propose could just as well be the bastard child of trance-inducing West African drumming traditions and the minimalistic, contemporary, European, post-classical and experimental sensibilities – if the two were ever to cross- pollinate and were presented in the form of an immersive soundtrack. They are masters of improvisation who mine the present moment for its hidden truths and craft temporary, sonic spaces out of the fabric of space-time sculpted into staccato piano riffs and ecstatic waves of percussion.

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Alain Brenzikofer

Alain Brenzikofer discovered jazz at the International Music Camp in Canada in 1997 after having played the saxophone since the age of 10, mostly in a wind orchestra. Illinois Jacquet and Eddie Harris opend the door to jazz for him. In 1999 he studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Zurich but then chose to do a masters degree in electrical engineering at ETH Zurich. During 13 years he was member of the ETH Big Band and had the chance to go on tour in eastern Europe, China, India and Brazil. Apart from that he played for the Big Band of the Zurich Jazz School and in Horn Sections for Elijah, Lakeside, Royal Hangmen, Mike Sanchez or Stan or Itchy

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Thomas Lüscher

Pianist and Composer based in Aarau, Switzerland. Educated in classical and improvised music, he is and has been performing with Tiger Okoshi, Lionel Loueke, Frank Möbus, Oscar Stagnaro, George Robert, Ronny Graupe, Christoph Grab and many more. Appearances on stages in New York, London, Prag, Berlin, Boston, Zürich and Bottenwil with his own bands or as a higly sensitive colleague supporting the musical intentions of fellow musician made him an adorable musician. He started at an early age with harmonica, accordion and piano. By the age of 15 he began his classical studies at Musikhochschule Basel (Switzerland) while already playing in bands and performing his own music

Niculin Janett

Born into a musical family in 1989, Niculin was exposed to the sounds of Miles Davis' trumpet before he even learned how to say "bebop". At the age of 10, he picked up the saxophone and never looked back. Since graduating from the Zurich University of Arts in 2013, Niculin has been playing in Switzerland and Europe with various groups, most recently with his own Quartet feat. Rich Perry.

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Theo Kapilidis

Theo Kapilidis , guitarist and composer, Zurich (Switzerland) , was born in Greece. He was fortunate to grow up in a very musical family . During his childhood he spent much time in a record store of his father , which he came into contact with jazz early on. At the age of twelve years, Theo was playing the piano and devoted himself mainly to the guitar. The five-year jazz studies at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern (CH ) , he finished successful at age of 25 . After graduating gave Theo countless jazz concerts and participated in a variety of other projects . In 1985 he returned to his hometown , where he worked as a studio musician and has taught at the Synchronous Conservatory of Thessaloniki

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Jean-Paul Brodbeck

At the tender age of 15, Basel (Switzerland) born Jean-Paul Brodbeck was invited by no other than Lionel Hampton to jam onstage. After taking jazz classes with Hans Feigenwinter, he went on to study classical music with Peter Efler (piano) at the Conservatory of Music in Basel, from which he graduated with excellence in 1995 and earned his piano teacher’s diploma. Since then Brodbeck has proved his stylistic versatility in diverse formations. He was one of the principal founders of the experimental hip-hop group Chapter 12 and has been collaborating on and off with Andy Scherrer, who has considerably contributed to his musical development

Stephan Thelen

Guitarist and composer Stephan Thelen releases his debut album for Moonjune Records worldwide on January 18, 2019. It's an instrumental, post-progressive album co-produced by Markus Reuter (Stick Men), featuring guest appearances of many leading electric guitarists including David Torn, Markus Reuter, Henry Kaiser, Jon Durant, Bill Walker, Barry Cleveland and Matt Tate, as well as drummers/percussionists Benno Kaiser, Manuel Pasquinelli and Andi Pupato. Stephan Thelen is American born Swiss who composes, produces and performs music at the fringes of rock, jazz, experimental and classical music


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